Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Show Preview - Beirut - 12.10 & 12.11 - Altar Bar - Concert Preview

The show of the month is without a doubt Beirut performing at the Altar Bar for two straight evenings sponsored by 91.3 WYEP. Just so happens that both nights are already sold out, so good luck in finding at ticket (or you can try winning a pair from Mr Hugh Shows). The band is touring behind their new album Rip Tide released this past June. 

Beirut is Zach Codon. Spending time both in Newport News and Santa Fe, Codon dropped out of HS when he was 16. He began working in an international cinema coming into influences of Balkan and Sicilian Brass. His music is often synonymous with the exotic mysteries of world travel. Since Beirut's last album, 2007's The Flying Club Cup, sang a love letter to France (with a 2009 stop-off in Mexico for the March of the Zapotec EP) many have asked where his songs would voyage next. Lots of guesses, but few predicted the inward journey Condon has achieved on The Rip Tide, an album with the most introspective and memorable songs of his young career.

From his press regarding the label:

The album is on Pompeii Records, a label started and wholly owned by Condon. Pompeii is a fully independent, artist run, label and it is releasing The Rip Tide internationally. This extreme level of creative control is what the band has always preferred. Shows often sell-out because they choose to play smaller, more intimate venues. This connection directly to fans extends to The Rip Tide release itself, the desire to be able to 100% decide what their music will sound, look, and feel like, not to mention how it can be obtained.

Shows begin at 8p with Perfume Genius opening. Find more information here:

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